Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 22, 2003
Golden legacy for ESA's observatory
Scientists are celebrating the thousandth scientific publication from ESA's Infrared Space Observatory (ISO).

Fluoronanotubes win prestigious R&D 100 Award
Fluoronanotubes, a fluorinated form of carbon nanotubes created at Rice University, have been named one of the 100 most technologically significant products of the year by R&D Magazine.

University of Pittsburgh study links gynecological complaint to increased risk for herpes
A study by University of Pittsburgh researchers has found that women who have a common gynecological disorder called bacterial vaginosis (BV) are nearly twice as likely to get herpes as those who do not have BV.

UD scientists track freshwater flow from Arctic into the Atlantic
University of Delaware marine scientists are working on a National Science Foundation project to track the fresh water flowing out of the Arctic Ocean into the Atlantic.

ACPM issues recommendations to address severe shortage of preventive medicine physicians
The American College of Preventive Medicine issued a series of recommendations today to increase the number of physicians qualified to assume leadership positions in state and local public health agencies.

Amnesia, confusion may signal concussion
Loss of consciousness may not be the main indicator of a concussion, according to new research released today at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

Rice makes first rapid, sensitive whole-blood immunoassay
Nanotechnology researchers at Rice University have developed a new method of testing whole blood that could allow emergency room doctors and other point-of-care health professionals to rapidly diagnose a variety of ailments, including hemorrhagic stroke, heart attack, and various infectious diseases.

Most women can skip Pap smears after hysterectomy
Most women who have undergone hysterectomy for non-cancerous diseases can forgo annual Pap smear exams, according to new research by University of Michigan Health System physicians.

US $1.2m grant awarded for impact of stress on eggs and embryos
New research by the University of Adelaide in Australia will investigate how lifestyle and health

Vacuum technology developed to control insects in wood
Wood scientists are developing a vacuum drying system to eliminate insects from wood used for pallets and containers.

HIV infection may bump up risk of heart disease in younger patients, UCLA study finds
HIV-positive adults ages 18 to 34 may be more likely to suffer coronary heart disease than HIV-negative persons their age, a new UCLA study suggests.

Cool 'eyes' above help track hot fires below
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Happy people may have more immunities to common cold
People who are energetic, happy and relaxed are less likely to catch colds, while those who are depressed, nervous or angry are more likely to complain about cold symptoms, whether or not they get bitten by the cold bug, according to a recent study.

Rice's chemical 'scissors' yield short carbon nanotubes
Chemists at Rice University have identified a chemical process for cutting carbon nanotubes that yields short tube segments that are suited to a variety of applications, including biomedical sensors small enough to migrate through cells without triggering immune reactions.

Diet as good as drug for lowering cholesterol, says study
Researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital have shown that a vegetarian diet composed of specific plant foods can lower cholesterol as effectively as a drug treatment.

UCSD researchers determine mechanism for degradation of G proteins
Researchers at UCSD School of Medicine have identified a previously unknown component of the body's cellular garbage disposal called the ubiquitin system, which is responsible for regulation of cell function by removal of abnormal and unneeded proteins.

U.S. Army awards veterinary college researcher $1 million grant to develop vaccine
A bacteriologist in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded a $1.06 million grant from the U.S.

Cedars-Sinai Medical tipsheet for July 2003
This month's tipsheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center includes tips on LDL peptide vaccine for atherosclerosis, new center for androgen-related disorders, kids & chemical weapons, new treatment options for endometriosis, type 2 diabetes in children, monoamniotic twins, summertime safety for kids, improved treatment for hemorrhoids and, expanded criteria for organ transplants.

L.A. science teachers come to UCLA for nanoscience
Two dozen ninth-and-tenth-grade science teachers from low-income schools in Los Angeles have come to UCLA to learn how to invigorate their classes by teaching the new field of nanoscience - the science of the tiniest particles that will lead to extraordinary advances in medicine and many other fields.

Early heart disease in parents linked to thicker artery walls in offspring
If your parents had coronary heart disease before age 60, the walls of your neck arteries are more likely to be thicker, putting you at higher risk of heart disease, too, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Industry asked to design Mars rover and payload
Is there life on other worlds or is planet Earth the only place in our Solar System where living organisms have evolved?

Sandia microfluidic device rapidly captures and releases proteins, Science reports
A microdevice whose business end looks like the gold-coated spine of a very tiny mouse, with each
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